bisexual

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From bi- +‎ -sexual. Attested since about 1808 as a synonym in botany for "hermaphroditic" ("having male and female parts").[1] First used of sexuality in Richard von Krafft-Ebing's 1886 Psychopathia Sexualis (in German) and Charles Gilbert Chaddock's 1892 English translation thereof, due to the theory that people were naturally attracted only to the opposite sex and the brain or mind of a person attracted to both sexes (or to the same sex) must be partly of the opposite sex and thus bisexual in the original sense (intersex).[2]

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bisexual (comparative more bisexual, superlative most bisexual)

  1. (of humans or other animals) Sexually attracted to both men and women (by a narrow definition) or to people of any gender (by a broad definition which makes it a synonym of pansexual).
  2. (chiefly botany) Having both male and female parts or functions.
    1. (botany) Of flowers: having both pollen and seeds.
    2. (botany) Of sporophytes: having both male and female organs.
    3. (botany) Of gametophytes: producing both eggs and sperm.
    4. (botany) Of fungi: producing both the "female" ascogonium and the "male" antheridium.
    5. (rare) Hermaphroditic/intersex, being both male and female, or alternating between being male and being female.
      Midrash and Zohar present Adam as hermaphroditic or bisexual.
      • 2004, Lois Bragg, Oedipus Borealis: The Aberrant Body in Old Icelandic Myth and Saga (→ISBN):
        To say that Loki is bisexual means that he readily alternates between the male and female sexes, becoming female at will or as needed.
      • 2013, Zainab Bahrani, Women of Babylon: Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia (→ISBN):
        Among the arguments put forth for Ishtar's hermaphroditic or bisexual character is the practice of transvestism in religious rites associated with her (e.g. Harris 2000: 170; Groneberg 1986: 39).
      • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:bisexual.

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bisexual (plural bisexuals)

  1. A person who is bisexual.
    • 1984, Women and deviance, page 63:
      Several chapters are devoted to the investigations of the origins and influences prevalent in the life of a bisexual with the latter portion of the book devoted to three extensive in-depth interviews with three bisexuals.
  2. (botany, rare) A plant or fungus, or part thereof, which is bisexual.

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  1. ^ In Robert John Thornton, Reformed Sexual System of Linnaeus, in The Philosophical Magazine (1808), and thereafter in James Lee, Introduction to the Science of Botany (1810), which includes a call to eschew hermaphrodite in favor of it.
  2. ^ Besides Krafft-Ebing's and Chaddock's cited works, e.g. the 1906 English translation of Otto Weininger's 1903 Geschlecht und Charakter (Sex and Character) says certain people have "from the beginning an inclination to both sexes; they are, in fact, bisexual." The 1915 edition of Havelock Ellis's Sexual Inversion also shows the sense development: "there is sexual attraction to both sexes, a condition formerly called psychosexual hermaphroditism, but now more usually bisexuality."

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bisexual (masculine and feminine plural bisexuals)

  1. bisexual

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bisexual m, f (plural bisexuals)

  1. bisexual

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Interlingua[edit]

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bisexual (not comparable)

  1. bisexual

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bisexual (plural bisexuales)

  1. bisexual

Romanian[edit]

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From French bisexuel.

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bisexual m, n (feminine singular bisexuală, masculine plural bisexuali, feminine and neuter plural bisexuale)

  1. bisexual

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bisexual m (plural bisexuali, feminine equivalent bisexuală)

  1. bisexual

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bi- +‎ sexual

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bisexual (plural bisexuales)

  1. bisexual

Noun[edit]

bisexual m, f (plural bisexuales)

  1. bisexual